- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 31, 2016

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A lawyer in Kentucky has created a web app to help ex-offenders who are looking to erase their records and restore their rights.

The Courier-Journal (https://cjky.it/24hK4aD ) reports that Brad Clark started the web app called unconvicted.com to help former offenders determine if they qualify to have their records expunged.

Clark said ex-offenders can use the app by logging on and answering a series of questions about their criminal history. Within 72 hours, they receive a free assessment about whether they qualify to have their records wiped clean. Afterward, he charges a fee depending on the level of service he provides.

He said he has already received many inquiries about his service.

Clark started the app after the Kentucky legislature passed felony-expungement legislation that could help ex-offenders remove a conviction from their records. When the law goes into effect, ex-offenders who have been convicted of certain Class D felonies can qualify to have their records expunged.

Clark said he wanted to help former offenders because the “system grinds people and destroys them.” He said many of the people he has helped are good people who have made a mistake.

“The vast majority of people I’ve spoken to picked up an offense when they were in their early 20s, maybe even 18 or 19 and then they go, they serve their sentence,” he said. “Most of the time they were probated. They completed their probation, and they never got in trouble again.”

The law goes into effect July 15.


Information from: The Courier-Journal, https://www.courier-journal.com

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